Fall in Maine
Every Autumn, Mother Nature puts on a spectacular show of orange, scarlet and yellow. But the vivid colors are only part of the allure of a fall getaway in Maine. Some call it the ‘off season’ we prefer to call it the ‘show-off’ season.
Things To Do
Where To Stay
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Crisp beach walks; apple orchards; and brilliant crimson, gold and orange foliage are just a few of the things that make fall in Maine a glorious time to visit. The air has cooled, but there’s still so much to see and do. We’ve pulled together a list of can’t-miss activities for your visit to Maine this fall.
Hiking & Climbing
Immerse yourself in a world of brilliant color on a fall hike. The crisp air is invigorating, and the crunch of leaves under your boots most satisfying. Be sure to keep track of sundown and let someone back home know before you head out. Check out Maine Trail Finder for hikes for all abilities.
On the Water
Many Mainers believe the best way to see Maine is from the water, and we have to agree, especially in the fall! Hop aboard a Maine Windjammer and take a leisurely sail around the coast’s brilliant colors, or take things at your own pace with a sea kayaking trip. And when you’re out on the water, how about having a destination in mind? Early fall is the perfect time to visit one of Maine’s many islands. Ferry service is available and can get you to a little slice of heaven in no time.
Fall Beach Days
Summer beach days, move over! Fall has arrived. The air is cooler, but sunny days are still plentiful. Plus, you’ll find you may have a bit more towel room and parking is a snap. Bring a cozy sweater and book for optimal relaxation at one of Maine’s many beaches. If you’re looking for a bit of a thrill, Old Orchard Beach has access to a beachfront amusement park, Palace Playland, with rides for the whole family and Maine’s largest arcade. The cool air will be a welcome addition to the day’s excitement!
Scenic drives through Maine in the fall are one thing, but taking to the trails on two wheels can’t be beat. There’s nothing quite like peddling through tunnels of vibrant colors or biking to a breathtaking overlook. And Maine has scenic trails and picturesque routes for miles.
This fall, get out and explore the outdoors. Sleep under the stars. Surround yourself with the fiery colors of an autumn day. And then enjoy the warm glow of fire on a cool fall night. Scenic campsites from the coast to the mountains mean you can make the most of the season.
Things To Do
Possibly obvious, but nonetheless necessary to mention, Maine’s fall foliage is a true showstopper. Peak foliage season varies across the state, but it is typically from the last week of September to the first two weeks of October. The good news? Maine has a foliage tracker that starts up in September to help you plan your trip. While you’re here, there are plenty of ways to experience the foliage’s beauty — whether from a mountain’s peak or the comfort of your car.
Maine’s foliage is accessible to everyone via the state’s numerous National Scenic Byways. Spoiler alert: Maine has seven of them! These historic drives are designated by the federal government as some of the most beautiful and enjoyable across the country. Add fall foliage, and you’re in for a real treat! Take a leisurely drive or stop for a picnic and impromptu photo shoot at one of these seven winding beauties that have been designated National Scenic Byways.
Nothing is more quintessentially fall than a big old bucket of round, red apples. Not to mention all the treats that often come along with the apple-picking experience, a true celebration of fall: apple cider doughnuts and baked apple turnovers still warm in their bags, piping-hot cider, and chilled sparkling cider served in frosty glass bottles.
Refresh your wardrobe or get a head start on holiday shopping with fantastic fall shopping destinations from Freeport to Bangor and everywhere in between.
Fall Festivities: Fairs
Kettle corn, cotton candy, games, rides, baby animals and more! Fall is the season for some of Maine’s final fairs of the year. Head to one of these events for a nostalgic trip down memory lane and quintessential New England fun. Be sure to stay up to date on the fairs’ websites for changes and safety protocol information.
Arts & Culture
Art is not hard to find in Maine, but if you want to be sure to hit all the finest art centers in the state, check out the Maine Art Museum Trail. With nine museums and more than 80,000 works of art, you’ll be in awe of Maine’s diverse and impressive art collections. Worked up a thirst during all the museum hopping? We have you covered. Take a look at our Art & Ales Trip Ideas for tips on where to find art in Maine in many shapes and forms. From gigantic sculptures to live performances, you can take in the magic of Maine art and sample the art of handcrafted local brews that start with Maine’s clear, clean water and expert brewers.
Whether you want to follow a trail or roam as you wish, we have some ideas to help you choose the perfect fall jaunt. The newly enhanced Maine Oyster Trail will help you experience Maine’s acclaimed bivalve from the farmer to the raw bar. Speaking of farms, get off the beaten path and try at least one of our Farms & Fiber Arts Trip Ideas. Enjoy a getaway by visiting farms, farm stands and specialty shops, or try a workshop where you can learn a variety of skills, like knitting a sweater from Maine wool. If you are in Maine during the first weekend in October, don’t miss Maine Craft Weekend. It’s the chance to see private artist studios and meet the artists, visit craft-based schools and craft beer breweries collaborating with artists, and purchase Maine-made goods at pop-up shops.
Where To Stay
If you’re looking for a place to pitch a tent, or park an RV, and get back in touch with Mother Nature, look no further than Maine. From roughing it in the wilderness to living it up at a glamping site, Maine has you covered.
Inns / Bed & Breakfasts
This fall, stay like a local, when you stay with local Mainers. There’s no better way to experience the feeling of being a ‘temporary local’ than staying in a cozy inn located in the heart of communities all over the state.
Sporting Camps & Wilderness Lodges
When you’re ready to get away from it all and experience a real outdoor adventure, the state’s many sporting camps and wilderness lodges are waiting. Spend your days exploring the Maine woods or just kick back and breathe in the fresh air.
Oceanside or mountainside, family-friendly or surrounded by lush forests, Maine offers luxurious accommodations in every scenic setting imaginable. Treat yourself to some pampering at a spa, a memorable round on a world-renowned golf course and of course meals you’re likely to remember long after you’ve returned home.
Hotels & Motels
The only thing better than a great day exploring, is a good night’s sleep so you can do it all over again the next day. And whether you’re looking for a beachside stay or a cozy getaway in the mountains, you’re sure to find the perfect room in the perfect location in Maine.